MOOCs and EdTech Tools for Distance Learning

Proceedings of The 4th World Conference on Future of Education

Year: 2021


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MOOCs and EdTech Tools for Distance Learning

Serafeim A. Triantafyllou



Nowadays, the rapid development of educational technology can enrich distance learning in  many ways. MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) constitute a recent and widely recognized mode of learning  in distance education, first introduced in 2008. MOOCs have the potential to be transformed into a powerful tool that can strengthen learners’ engagement to online courses through open access to information and real knowledge. Also, web-based digital tools such as Kahoot, Google Docs (Google Documents), TitanPad and Etherpad are edtech tools that let a group of people come together to create and edit documents. These tools allow learners and instructors to ask questions, group them, write a text together and collaborate in real time. This paper aims to synthesize research and findings on the content of MOOCs utilization in the educational process and to contribute to a better scientific understanding of MOOCs and other edtech tools such as Kahoot, Google Documents, TitanPad and Etherpad, as they can be used in real conditions to improve educational technology.

keywords: educational technology, collaborative learning, self-regulated learning, distance learning.